Pig meat is the most widely-consumed meat in the world. Previous growth in production has relied, in part, on more intensive systems. In meeting rising demand, these systems face challenges such as the ongoing threat of zoonotic diseases, the need to improve feed efficiency in the face of rising costs, the need to reduce the environmental impact of pig production and increasing concerns about animal welfare.
This volume looks first at the main zoonoses affecting pigs and how they can be controlled. It then reviews the latest research on aspects of meat quality such as flavour, colour, texture and nutritional quality. Finally, it assesses ways of monitoring and reducing the environmental impact of pig production.
With its distinguished editor and international team of expert authors, this will be a standard reference for researchers in swine science, producers, government and other organisations involved in supporting pig production. It is accompanied by two companion volumes which focus on animal breeding, nutrition, health and welfare.
"This new book addresses the most important topics in pig production today: food safety, meat quality and sustainability. Consumers have concerns in all these areas and the chapters in this book, written by acknowledged international experts, will provide solutions to problems and highlight new opportunities. It is destined to be a standard text." Jeff Wood, Emeritus Professor, University of Bristol, UK
Dr Mathew is Professor and Head of Animal Sciences at Purdue University, USA. Professor Mathew was formerly Head of Animal Sciences at the University of Tennessee. He has published widely on pre-harvest food safety, specifically the effects of nutrition and animal management on the occurrence and antibiotic resistance of pathogens on the farm.